In March 2010, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating March as "National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month" to help support efforts to increase awareness of autoimmune diseases and to increase funding for autoimmune disease research. The Senate resolution (S.RES.372) was sponsored by Michigan Senator Carl Levin. Although the intent of the resolution was good, one has to wonder if the resolution had any pronounced positive effects. I'll bet that less than 20% of all Americans today can name an autoimmune disease. Also, the amount of federal funded research to find cures for autoimmune diseases continues to decline. It's up to us, the patients and families of those affected, to wave the flag and keep the pressure on the individuals and institutions that can help bring about a cure.
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